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MOORHEAD—The conversations between Annika Marie Johnson and her dad went something like this: Annika: "Dad, I'd like a pet pig." Dad: "No." Annika: "But Dad, I really want a pet pig." Dad: "You can't have a pet pig." Annika: "But, Dad ...." Dad: "OK, I'll make you a deal. Pigs are illegal in Moorhead. If you can have the city change the law to make pigs legal in the city, I'll buy you a pet pig." Annika: "Deal."
FARGO—Well, this doesn't fit the narrative at all. "FARGO CRIME RISES" bellowed the words at top of The Forum. Given the Refugee Derangement Syndrome afflicting certain city and county commissioners and many talk-radio listeners, one would expect the story following the headline to read something like this:
Dear Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), I read with interest your recent comments about immigration and its effect on this country. Your belief is that immigrants and liberals are trying, and I quote, "to break down the American civilization, the American culture and turn it into something entirely different."
President Donald Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, provided a window into the administration’s priorities Thursday when he was asked about deep cuts in funding for federal Community Block Development Grants, which some states use to provide funding for Meals on Wheels. That’s the program that provides warm, nutritious meals to more than 2.4 million elderly and disabled people in the U.S. The meals are often delivered by volunteers to the homes of seniors who live alone or are shut-ins.
FARGO -- North Dakota’s Legislature is doing its best to expand gambling and, possibly, punch the state’s charitable gaming in the gut. We hope the latter is an unintended consequence, but with this group of lawmakers you can never be sure.
FARGO—There's been a devil on my left shoulder and an angel on my right since Jan. 20, both whispering in my ears to plead their cases. The devil tells me I shouldn't care what happens to those white, working-class voters who put Donald Trump in the White House, even as there is increasing evidence they're going to be hurt by his presidency. "Forget 'em," the devil says, except he uses a word stronger than forget. "They'll deserve what's coming to 'em. They fell for the con, now they gotta pay the price."
ST. PAUL—A team wearing orange sweaters celebrated a high school hockey championship on the ice of the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, March 11. Unfortunately for the Moorhead Spuds, they were wearing white. The orange-clad Grand Rapids players threw their gloves and sticks in the air, while the Spuds had to watch and wait to shake hands as the state runners-up. Again. Eight was not enough. Not for the most frustrated high school hockey program in Minnesota. Will nine be fine? We'll have to wait and see. Again.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jeff and Julie Meyer, lifelong Minnesotans, were tired of dealing with winter and in a position to move to Florida and still run the multiple weekly newspapers in which they are partners. So four years ago they bought a home on a canal in Cape Coral and, with their youngest son, moved from Pelican Rapids to the sunny southwest coast of Florida.
Fort Myers, Fla. The Minnesota Twins shook up their front office in the offseason, which was to be expected after losing a franchise record 103 games in 2016. Gone were familiar faces like longtime general manager Terry Ryan. In their place was new—and young—blood like 33-year old chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and 45-year-old general manager Thad Levine. I had a chance to chat with Falvey a few moments before the Twins played a spring-training game at Hammond Stadium. Here are a few answers to the many questions I asked in Part 3 of my interview:
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jeff and Julie Meyer, lifelong Minnesotans, were tired of dealing with winter and in a position to move to Florida and still run the multiple weekly newspapers in which they are partners. So four years ago they bought a home on a canal in Cape Coral and, with their youngest son, moved from Pelican Rapids to the sunny southwest coast of Florida.